Dec 16, 2012 7:00am PST
the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >>> on the note of talking about the state department, president obama does appear set to nominate senator john kerry as hillary clinton's successor. joining me now for more on this, cnn foreign affairs reporter elise. the biggest open secret in washington, once susan rice took her name out of the running. john kerry would be up there. >> john kerry made no secret for the last several years, actually, that he would love the job. on capitol hill you know that senators have said that he would be easily confirmed. >> that's right because of republicans and democrats see him as somebody who would be good at the job and, as you said, he's lobbied for it. but what is going to be interesting, elise, this coming week we talked about the hearing is going to happen on benghazi, hillary clinton is not going to be there, but john kerry is the senate foreign relations chair. he is still going to chair that hearing. >> secretary clinton taking the week off to recuperate. her deputy will be testifying for this independent advisory board on the events in benghazi.